On September 11, 2001, nearly 2,800 people were killed in terrorist attacks in which hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center building in New York City, the Pentagon and the countryside outside Pittsburgh while passengers defended themselves against the hijackers.
Americans watched in horror as the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania,including 19 terrorist hijackers on four planes.
In January 2002, a month after the attacks of 2001, 83% of Americans said that defending the country should be the highest priority for the President and Congress against future terrorist attacks, the biggest question. One year after the attacks, most Americans (80%) cite 9 / 11 as the most important event that occurred in the United States the previous year.
The deadliest attack in the history of American soil has brought about changes large and small, making it difficult to find a part of American life that is not affected by the effects of the attacks. From increased airport security, to the militarisation of the police, to years of war, the events of 11 September have redefined the personality and freedoms of our countries and those of nations around the world.
The United States declared the so-called “Global War on Terror” in response to the 9 / 11 attacks, but war’s mission and goals have been repeated several times as the scale and scope of the threat have changed over the decades.
Andrew Bacevich, professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University, reflects on the September 11 attacks which came as a shock to the United States and the importance of President Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
We are joined by families from around the world who lost loved ones in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia today as we gather to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We remember this day with sorrow, but also with dedication, commitment and strength in the response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.